Tag archives for Sweden

A favorite of the late Ingrid Bergman, the Bohuslän Coast feels a bit like a secret French Riviera. What the high-latitude region lacks in American tourists it makes up for with plentiful seafood and bright seasonal sunshine. Here’s the low-down on visiting this Swedish wonderland.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar–the best of the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our latest picks.

If you’ve never seen the northern lights, there’s still time to catch the spectacular display this year. The aurora borealis–named, aptly, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek word for the north wind–can appear on a clear night from September through April, and is often at its most intense in February and March. Here are three stand-out lodges that will get you up close and personal.

If you’ve got “See the northern lights” on your bucket list, you may want to start planning a trip to Swedish Lapland because NASA is predicting that the strongest solar explosions of the last decade will happen this fall and winter. But that’s just one reason to explore the region. Here are two more.

Sofia von Porat is a full-time traveler who shares tips, videos, guides, and inspiration from her adventures abroad on her blog, AsWeTravel.com. Though she’s been all around the globe, something about her hometown keeps calling her back. Here are a few of her favorite things about Gothenburg, Sweden.

For those of you who are paying attention, we’re switching it up. A more robust Radar — the best of the travel blogosphere (don’t you hate that word?) — will now be a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

You can play, too. Simply follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar to help us find the crème de la crème. Here’s this week’s.

Sweden’s Cinderella City

Everyone’s heard of Stockholm, but what about Gothenburg?

If you’re planning a Scandinavian escape this summer, think about hitting Sweden’s idyllic West Coast instead.

RED GLACIER, ALASKA Bergs and boulders form islands of ice and rock in the basin of the glacier. Welcome to the latest edition of Library Fridays, where we share an excerpt from one our upcoming titles from National Geographic Books. I was particularly enthused at just hearing the name of this week’s book, From the…

While road-tripping across northern Sweden with her parents, writer and photographer Lola Akinmade stops by a moose farm a few kilometers from the Arctic Circle. “Can you see them?” whispers Anna-Carin as we make our way through tall blades of yellowish green grass. We wonder what she’s looking at. All we see is grass. Instinctively,…

Tucked in treetops in the heart of Swedish Lapland is the new Treehotel, which offers chic, eco-friendly treehouses for grownups. Each house has different design — one is covered in mirrors while another is designed to resemble a nest; upcoming tree homes will be designed to look like Legos and a UFO. All are heated…

Darrell Hartman hikes 70 miles along Sweden’s historic trails in the annual Fjällräven Classic. One of the great joys of hiking is the fresh alpine air. But here I am in the mountains of Swedish Lapland, and it stinks. It stinks of feet. I’m at the most pungent junction of the annual Fjällräven Classic, a…

Travel writer and photographer, Lola Akinmade introduces IT readers to one of Sweden’s most decadent seasonal pastries. From January through March, during the dark dreary months of winter, they line bakery shelves all around Stockholm like glowing bulbous orbs, oozing with sinfully decadent almond paste fillings, luring window shoppers in with sweet wafting smells of…

Stockholm’s Rooftop Tours

Former Traveler photo intern JT Blatty has been spending time in Stockholm, and went out looking to get a new perspective. Read her recent posts on Sweden’s parks and natural foods. On December 16th, the Swedish tour company Upplev Mer will host the grand opening of Roof Tours By Night: The Dark Secrets of Stockholm,…

Wild Sweden

JT Blatty, a former Traveler photo intern, has been spending the last month traveling through Sweden, and sends us a dispatch from their swath of national parks. During an impulsive, two-week road trip through the less populated landscapes of Sweden, it only took a few nights for my friend and I to realize that our…

Enter the Cloudberry Zone

Former Traveler Photo Intern Jenn Blatty files this report for IT from northern Sweden: The Swedes are ahead of the game when it comes to exploring the outdoors and taking advantage of their natural surroundings. In the northern city of Sundsvall where I’ve been staying the past few weeks, I have yet to meet locals…

Hello city-lovers! Today’s city is Stockholm, Sweden. Photographer and travel writer Lola Akinmade has been shuttling between Stockholm and the States for the last couple of years, and is still discovering the cool nooks and crannies of this gorgeous cosmopolitan Scandinavian city. Stockholm is My City The first place I take a visitor from out…

Strange Planet: Stugas on the Moon

Sweden’s tiny, traditional red country houses, called stugas, could reach an audience of galactic proportions.  Swedish artist Mikael Genberg and the country’s space program want to put a stuga on the moon. Says Genberg on the project’s website, LunarResort.com, If one individual person from a small worker’s town in a small country in northern Europe…

Sleeping on Planes: The Jumbo Hostel

We know how difficult it is to sleep on planes, but we’re thinking that the Jumbo Hostel might redefine the experience. Here’s the scoop: A Swedish hostel owner looking to buy a new property near the airport decided instead to take a 747 that was headed for the scrap heap and convert it into an…

Baby, You’re Electric!

The next time you’re shoulder-to-shoulder on the subway, in a bus terminal, or on an airplane, don’t get too aggravated — that heat leaving your body (and your neighbors’) may be the next source of renewable energy. A Swedish state-owned company, Jernhuset, has found a way to harness the energy produced by the 250,000 bodies…

Super Saunas

Every once in a while, we here at IT let National Geographic Traveler’s researchers loose on a factoid frenzy, and allow them to share some of the wonderful wackiness they discover while fact-checking articles for the magazine. So far you’ve had the pleasure of such geek-out posts from both Marilyn Terrell and Jessie Johnston, but…